Thorne Dreyer's guest is journalist Michael Harris, author of the critically-acclaimed "The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We've Lost in a World of Constant Connection," is a contributing editor at Vancouver magazine and Western Living. His writing has been published by Wired, Salon, The Huffington Post, The Globe & Mail, The National Post, and The Walrus, and has been nominated for numerous magazine awards. Harris lives with his partner, the artist Kenny Park, in Toronto, Canada.
The End of Absence is a smart and witty book about our unique time when folks still exist (the "straddle generation") who have experienced life both before and after the Internet Revolution. As Bruce Grierson writes, "Harris has caught, with brilliant fidelity and incisiveness, a hinge-point in modern history: Before and After the Digital Rapture."
Michael Harris writes that, "amid all the changes we're experiencing, the most interesting is the one that future generations will find hardest to grasp. That is the end of absence -- the loss of lack. The daydreaming silences in our lives are filled; the burning solitudes are extinguished." "There's no true 'free time' when you carry a smartphone," he says. "Today's rarest commodity is the chance to be alone with your own thoughts."
Host and Producer of Rag Radio: Thorne Dreyer; Engineer and Co-Producer: Tracey Schulz; Apprentice: Ken Martin; Photographer: Roger Baker. Rag Radio (koop.org/ragradio) is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog (TheRagBlog.com) and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The show is broadcast (and streamed) live Fridays, 2-3 p.m. (Central) on KOOP, and is rebroadcast and streamed on WFTE-FM in Mt. Cobb and Scranton, PA., Sundays at 10 a.m. (Eastern time) and on Houston Pacifica's KPFT HD-3 90.1 on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. (Central). Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.